Anneli Young - celebrating women

2017-08-24 06:00
CELEBRATING WOMEN’S MONTH: What started as a favour to a good friend, soon turned into a professional career for Anneli Young from Anneli Young Photography. Annually August is a special month for Young because she celebrates her birthday on Women’s Day and because it is Women’s Month. During this month she strives to do something special for women from all walks of life.             Photo:SUPPLIED

CELEBRATING WOMEN’S MONTH: What started as a favour to a good friend, soon turned into a professional career for Anneli Young from Anneli Young Photography. Annually August is a special month for Young because she celebrates her birthday on Women’s Day and because it is Women’s Month. During this month she strives to do something special for women from all walks of life. Photo:SUPPLIED

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PASSIONATE photographer, wife, mom of three and musician, Anneli Young from Anneli Young Photography in Patensie is celebrating local women this month.

Every year in August, it being Women’s Month and Young’s birthday on Women’s Day, she strives to do something special for women from all walks of life.

This year she decided to focus on the community she lives in by paying tribute to the ordinary women doing extraordinary things.

Celebrating women

“I live in the most amazing part of the Eastern Cape, the Gamtoos Valley,” says Young. “It is home to a large number of inspirational and passionate women doing incredible things, but who not always get the chance to be in the limelight.”

Wanting to change that, Young embarked on a special project at the beginning of August. She not only captures them on film, but also with their inspirational story which she then posts on her blog.

“I decided to do this project and feature these amazing women of my valley, to tell the world about them and their businesses, about their aspirations and dreams, but most importantly, to inspire other women in the pro-cess,” says Young.

“I believe in love. I believe in inspiration. I believe in Me. And so should every woman. Write an article about yourself, for yourself, and find out what makes you an amazing woman. We are all worthy of an article.

“Although it took me a while to figure out what success means, I see myself as a successful woman.

“Success is feeling worth it. The moment I accepted that I am worthy, the moments I accepted me with all my flaws and insecurities as enough, I started to grow and to achieve. I reached so many of my personal goals and I feel that I can inspire other women through what I do.”

Young says after starting the project, she received several messages from readers telling her that they had never known about some of these women and what they were doing in the community.

“I have quite a number of articles left to publish and I am sure that this project is going to spill over into September,” she says.

To read the stories about the amazing women of the Gamtoos Valley, who are inspiring in their own unique way, visit Young’s Blog or Facebook Page at Anneli Young Photography.

Alternatively, visit her website at www.anneliyoung.co.za or contact her at 084 501 5585 or info@anneliyoung.co.za.

Keep a Dream Alive

Young recently joined the Keep a Dream Alive project that was started by a group of photographers.

The aim of the project is to visit as many schools as possible and reach out to Grade 7 learners by taking photos of them dressed as who they aspire to be one day.

“They receive their photos to inspire them to dream big and make a success of their lives,” says Young.

“We had already visited two schools and the feedback is amazing.”

They are currently looking for sponsors to make this an ongoing project. Apart from the printing cost, they want to provide a meal to each person they photograph.

Her passion

Young’s love for photography first started as a favour to her best who got married. This favour slowly turned into a hobby and then into a professional career option.

Her being a talented photographer, a big part of her business is Boudoir Photography.

“Although not widely advertised, I am one of only a few professional boudoir photographers in the area and it has become such an amazing way for me to get my message across to other women,” says Young.

“Beauty is not the image on a magazine co-ver, and most certainly not the online celebrity images. Beauty comes from inside. Beauty is you.”

To celebrate this inner beauty, Young an-nually holds a special and more affordable boudoir session during Women’s Month - leaving women feeling beautiful.

“They realise that somewhere inside of them is a great woman. A woman that is more often than not put aside in the mad rush of being a mom and wife.

“Women so often neglect to spend time on themselves.

“These sessions give them one morning to have their hair and make up done and spend time just exploring that inner beauty again, whether the images are for their husbands, or just for themselves.”

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